Sunday, January 31, 2010

Shenfeng Qui's article selected as Best Publication

Our congratulations to ETOX alumnus Shenfeng Qui (Ph.D. 04) whose article entitled, "Domoic acid induces a long-lasting enhancement of CA1 field responses and impairs tetanus-induced long-term potentiation in rat hippocampal slices" which was published last year in Toxicological Sciences, was recently selected for the Best Publication Award by the UC Toxic Substances Research and Teaching Program. This research, sponsored by UC TSR&TP, was conducted while Shenfeng was a graduate student working in Dr. Maggie Curras-Collazo's lab. Our congratulations to Shenfeng (and Maggie) for this nice recognition.

ETOX Alumni Gathering in Washington, DC

On Thursday, Jan. 28, a group of the Environmental Toxicology alumni met at Nooshi's in Washington, DC. It was nice to see everyone and find out more about their lives and careers. The picture above was taken at the restaurant. From the left is Wanyoike Kang'ethe, Henghong Li, Weslie Hunter, Katie Hunter, David Strauss (an UCR Philosophy alumnus), Elizabeth Eastmond, Catherine Gibbons, David Eastmond and Heidi Bethel.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Dan Schlenk selected as AAAS Fellow

Dan Schlenk, a professor of aquatic toxicology and Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program faculty member, was recently selected as a AAAS fellow. Dan was one of eight UCR faculty members selected in 2009 and as described in the UCR press release, Dan was selected “For distinguished contributions to the field of biochemical mechanistic toxicology.” Our congratulations to Dan for this nice award and recognition of his research.

Photos from Riverside

It has rained a lot lately and I thought I would post a few pictures of the Santa Ana River for which Riverside is named, as well as a few of the views after the rain. I hope you enjoy them.

The view from Riverside looking across the Santa Ana River. As you may recall, this river usually looks more like a stream.

The main part of the river.

The view looking towards Rubidoux.

A view of the San Gabriel mountains this morning after the rain finally stopped.

Postdoctoral fellowships with the EPA (and others)

The EPA is looking to hire a postdoctoral fellow to work in their Risk Assessment group. Below is the information that I received in a recent email. Further information on that position as well as other positions can be found at this link.

We are advertising a training opportunity (fellowship not to exceed 3 years) that may be of interest to post-docs, research fellows, PhD and masters students. The position will be located in Arlington, VA in the US EPA Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) office at Potomac
Yards. The candidate will learn about EPA's IRIS program as well assisting in preparing these documents. This opportunity is perfect for scientists interested in learning more about risk assessment and communicating science information to experts and non-experts. We are
looking for people with expertise in toxicology or related fields (e.g. molecular biology, pharmacology, neuroscience, cancer research), epidemiology, statistics, or risk assessment, and communication and who are interested in participating in this exciting opportunity. This
position is a non-laboratory position and will be filled on a first-come basis.

The announcement is listed below and the website with the application
information is:, click on Graduate
Students, Postdoctoral Fellows, or Faculty.